This was right before I cut a slit down the middle and poured 1/4 cup of melted butter on top.
Here it is after the melted butter ran down into all of the nooks and crannies, making it extra delicious!
And, since home made banana nut bread with melted butter poured over the top isn't naughty enough, I added about scant 1/2 cup of semi sweet chocolate chips to the batter.
I guess you can tell that my recent food posts have not been very Weight Watcher's friendly! Amazingly enough, I have kept off the 12 pounds I lost. After Bass Lake, I will hit it again, and see if I can shed a bit more of my winter coat. Until then, you may be seeing some more naughty food posts!! Here is Gerri's wonderful recipe for:
Banana Nut Bread
Cream together, 1 stick butter, 1 cup sugar, 2 eggs, and 2 very ripe bananas
2 cups flour, 3 tsp. baking powder and 1/2 tsp. salt
To this batter add:
1 cup chopped walnuts and if you are feeling naughty, a handful of chocolate chips
Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven, on middle shelf. Bake for one hour. Remove from oven and with knife, make a slit down middle of loaf and pour 1/4 cup of melted butter on top.
This makes one large loaf. Spray loaf pan with Pam before pouring batter into pan.
Before I go today, I have a random thought to share. As I was lying on the big "rainbow raft" as the kids call it, this morning in the pool, (and by lying on it, I don't mean with eyes closed, soaking up the rays.) I was on high alert, with 3 kids under 4 in the pool with me. All had on water wings, and Gennifer was sitting on the pool edge, in case she needed to pounce. But suddenly, I was aware of a sort of whistling...bubbling sound. I knew I was familiar with this sound. And soon it hit me......I was losing air in my raft! I found the leak, and at that very moment a thought came to my mind of my Dad. We grew up with a doughboy pool when we were little kids. My Dad had dug the earth down a bit, and layed the pool liner into the freshly dug hole each summer, and we 4 kids had a ball in that pool. EVERY. SINGLE. DAY of our summer vacation. And on many a day, we were accompanied by numerous other neighborhood kids as well. But in those days, my parents would buy us our pool toys for the summer, and they had to last. So patching the tubes, and rafts, and even the liner of the pool, were a common thing to be seen during our summer days. I remember my Dad would put on a mask and take the patch kit underneath the water to fix our pool, gosh I don't know how many times! MANY times. And our rafts and beach balls and pool toys, by summers end, were all a patchwork of Dad's handiwork, so that we could get the whole summer's use out of them. I can even remember the smell of the vinyl and glue that came in that little kit that we used so many times. I smiled. I laughed. And then I decided that I must patch this raft, even though it is several summers old, for old time's sake. My Dad would be smiling down on me. Oh how we loved him. And how we miss him!!!
And one last picture that I took last night after opening up the dryer and discovering that I had washed and dried my memory card for my camera!!!! So I put it in the camera and took a couple of pictures to see if it was still working. Phew...it is. I wasn't taking it of anything in particular, I just pointed and clicked. So, in this random photo is our new fridge.
You can see a few of my appliances. And as I said before, for the first time in my life....I now have appliances that are all the same color! And I really like the black fridge. Especially that it is counter width and doesn't extend out beyond the counter tops! Now...if only I could get a leaking pipe in my wall like my neighbors just did, that ruined their entire kitchen, which, despite the incredible hassle of it all, got them a brand new kitchen!!!!! Oh, if only!!!!!